Named in memory of Robert R. McMath (1891–1962), astronomer, engineer and businessman. Co-donor of the McMath-Hulbert Observatory to the University of Michigan in 1931, he served as its director during 1931–1961. He was an adviser to the National Science Foundation in its early years and chaired the panel that advised NSF on the need for a national observatory and conducted the site survey leading to the selection of Kitt Peak. He played a leading role in the incorporation of AURA, served as its first president (1957–1958) and then as chairman of the AURA board. (M 5848)
Name proposed by F. K. Edmondson. McMath is also honored by a lunar crater.
Avastatud: 22-9-1963 Avastamiskoht: Brooklyn Avastajad: Indiana University
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